November 10, 2016 - This month marks one year since Sierra Leone was first declared free of the Ebola virus that killed thousands of people and wrecked the economy. An indigenous ministry is helping to pick up the pieces amid opposition and despair. Read more.
July 7, 2016 - Tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have tried to impose Islamic law on all Nigerians, will die of malnutrition this year without increased aid. An indigenous ministry seeks to provide immediate aid as well as means for making a living. Read more.
May 5, 2016 - The landscape in Kenya is replete with animists, witches, bandits and Islamist terrorists. Indigenous missionaries are sent forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Read more.
March 3, 2016 - In a time of severe drought, joblessness, poverty and AIDS, a pastor in Zimbabwe gave up all hope and abandoned his congregation. Then he happened upon an indigenous missionary preaching in his remote, forgotten village. Read more.
The constitution of every North African country mandates Islam as its religion and Arabic as the official language. Conversion is forbidden. Schools are Islamic. Believers are in real danger. Yet each one is quietly and faithfully going “about their Father’s business,” bringing people to Christ and discipling them. Read more.
The 1.5 million Tuaregs speak various, but mutually comprehensible, dialects of Tamasheq and live mostly in Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Algeria and Libya. Read more.
Sub-Saharan Africa is more affected by AIDS than any other region in the world: only 12 percent of the world’s population, yet more than 60 percent of the world’s AIDS-infected population. Average life expectancy is 47 years. 12 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have been orphaned by AIDS. Many of them are born with AIDS. African economies, already weak and unstable, worsen as the majority of those infected with AIDS are in the prime of their working lives, yet unable to be productive. Read more.
Though one of few Burkinabé born into a Christian family, it was when he was 12 years old that Maurice Sawadogo heard these words of Jesus for the first time at his church’s summer camp. He immediately accepted Christ, and on returning home, called his neighbors together to hear the gospel. This first of hundreds of evangelistic meetings bore much fruit, including the formation of a preaching and worship team that ministered throughout the nation for many years. Read more.
SOME Christians in Africa have a reputation of being on fire for the Lord, but indigenous ministries helped by Christian Aid are looking for more than short-lasting emotions and enthusiasm. They are committed to making disciples who make disciples, who make disciples. This is the key to spiritual work that lasts. Read more.
I just returned from five months in Africa. I spent one month visiting underground indigenous missionaries in three nations closed to the gospel. In one place, I met with 11 women who have been beaten and thrust out of their homes because they are believers. They live with their children in a small house provided by missionaries supported for many years by Christian Aid. There they are protected from persecution and spend time working the garden that provides their food, and studying the Bible, usually through tapes, because most are illiterate. I am honored at the trust they showed me and privileged to know these suffering servants ready to give up everything for the Lord. Read more.
In 2000 MCM purchased 12 acres of land in a strategic Muslim city to serve as mission headquarters. Gabriel began construction of a school of missions and discipleship—a place for new Christians to develop their faith and seasoned ones to learn the skills needed to bring light to a very dark region. The school cost more than Gabriel had at the time it was started. But his faith drove him forward. The school’s concrete foundation was poured…and then remained vacant until resources were obtained. Read more.
Throughout my travels in Africa I have been continually bombarded with the notion that the spiritual and economic degradation in African nations would cease if only their governments were not as corrupt. Yet every spiritually educated African believer is aware that satanic bondage, manifested as witchcraft and false religions, is what truly represses the continent. In contrast, the selfless love of Christ, embodied in African Christians, can transform nations and people. Those who have been set free through the power of Christ want to take the gospel to those in spiritual darkness, but lack the financial resources and proper training to do so. Read more.
I could feel the darkness and death in the air as we entered the Burundi prison yard. I knew the strength of the enemy was being held back by the power of Christ. Locked in behind massive 20-foot high walls, more than 500 ragged prisoners stared as armed guards forged a way through. They looked tough and foreboding, but as I smiled and waved, many dropped their masks and smiled back. As we continued past another walled area toward the heart of the compound, I was met with singing. Three dancers—poorly, but ceremonially dressed—led me into the center of a circle of more than 1,000 men, women and children who had gathered to see the woman who dared to enter this frightful place. Read more.
Wandering the vast deserts and savannahs of West and Central Africa, the unreached Fulani is the largest nomadic tribe in the world. "Converted" through Jihad in the 13th century, they are known as missionaries of Sunni Islam. Read more.